At Richmond Hill School we have a computer technology suite on both sites. These are well equipped with a 9 touchscreen computers. We also have standard keyboards and QWERTY keyboards along with double click and single click mice which are changed to meet the needs of each pupil. We also have a growing bank of switch toys and remote controlled equipment. We also use Beebot's and a new piece of technology called Dash & Dot to further develop the learning of our confident coders. We also use iPads to support learners not only in ICT lessons but in other curriculum areas too.
We are fortunate to have two ICT technicians who not only ensure the schools ICT equipment in well maintained and up to date on a day-to-day basis but also support our learners during their Computing lessons.
At East site the Light Sensory Room is equipped with modern switch technology where the equipment can be controlled using Switch4 control on the iPad.
Each class also has and iPad and digital camera which the children can use to further develop their skills in photography and use apps to enhance their learning inside their classroom on a day to day basis.
We encourage the children to use their class iPad to document trips and special occasions which they can then use air server to view photographs on their large class screen to provoke discussion.
We have a range of microphones, karaoke machines and soundbeam equipment and green screen technology for classes to use.
To learn more about the programs and equipment we use and to see photographs of the children using them then please click here.
Each class has two Computing lessons where they have access to the Computing suite. One of the lessons is to focus on our Computing curriculum and the other lesson can be used to enhance other curriculum areas such as Maths, Topic and English through the use of computer programs.
Most pupils enjoy using computer technology and at Richmond Hill we are fortunate to have a range of equipment and resources to encourage their enthusiasm. With that in mind we have developed our own Computing curriculum to utilise their use and develop our learners into confident ICT users.
The DFE national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Through creative and exciting units of work we will differentiate these aims to meet the needs of our pupils.